Entrepreneur plans for youth projects

NILABE120227d2, Ashley Allen from Cotmanhay with first edition of his magazine.

NILABE120227d2, Ashley Allen from Cotmanhay with first edition of his magazine.

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A Cotmanhay entrepreneur is set to invest £2,500 of funding he has won into helping young people in Ilkeston get ahead in creative industries.

Ashley Allen, 24, who created successful youth publication Avenue Magazine from his bedroom last year, received £2,500 from O2’s Think Big fund last week.

He plans to use it to set up a six-session training course for eight people aged 16 to 24 in Ilkeston who are looking to forge a career in media – whether that’s journalism, creative writing, graphic design or photography.

“Younger people do not always recognise the rewards they should – they are more likely to hear about the problems instead,” he said.

“Without the right support and advice, we will lose the faith of these youngsters and find it increasingly hard to help them make a change.

“I want to make sure that the families of the kids know how talented they are.”

Ashley’s expertise will, he hopes, provide youngsters with the skills they need to find their dream job, start up their own business or just to learn something new.

The group will create ‘Uptwn’, a 70-page guide to music, fashion, festival guides, food, drink and more during the course, set to start in July.

Email ash@uptwn.co.uk for more information.